OK, now that the headline has sucked in the Trumpies, we all can have a good laugh.
Justice Dept. winds down Clinton-related inquiry once championed by Trump. It found nothing of consequence.
By Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky
A Justice Department inquiry launched more than two years ago to mollify conservatives clamoring for more investigations of Hillary Clinton has effectively ended with no tangible results, and current and former law enforcement officials said they never expected the effort to produce much of anything.
John Huber, the U.S. attorney in Utah, was tapped in November 2017 by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to look into concerns raised by President Trump and his allies in Congress that the FBI had not fully pursued cases of possible corruption at the Clinton Foundation and during Clinton’s time as secretary of state, when the U.S. government decided not to block the sale of a company called Uranium One.
As a part of his review, Huber examined documents and conferred with federal law enforcement officials in Little Rock who were handling a meandering probe into the Clinton Foundation, people familiar with the matter said. Current and former officials said that Huber has largely finished and found nothing worth pursuing.
“Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn’t looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary and the Dems,” the president tweeted at the time.
Donald Trump Agrees to Pay $25 Million in Trump University Settlement
By Steve Eder, Nov. 18, 2016
Donald J. Trump has agreed to pay $25 million to settle a series of lawsuits stemming from his defunct for-profit education venture, Trump University.
It was a remarkable concession from a real estate mogul who derides legal settlements and has mocked fellow businessmen who agree to them.
Students paid up to $35,000 in tuition for a programs that, according to the testimony of former Trump University employees, used high-pressure sales tactics and employed unqualified instructors.
The complaints alleged that students were cheated out of thousands of dollars in tuition through deceptive claims about what they would learn and high-pressure sales tactics.
The settlement is a significant reversal from Mr. Trump, who had steadfastly rejected the allegations and vowed to fight the lawsuits, asserting that students filled out evaluations showing they were mostly happy with what they had learned in seminars.
When political opponents pressed him on the claims during the campaign, Mr. Trump doubled down, saying he would eventually reopen Trump University.
The judge overseeing the two California cases, Gonzalo Curiel, was thrust into the limelight of the campaign in May when Mr. Trump spent several minutes at a rally denouncing the judge’s decisions in the case, calling him a “hater” and questioning his impartiality because of his Mexican heritage.
Trump University, which operated from 2004 to 2010, focusing largely on real estate investing and learning Mr. Trump’s secrets. Students could then purchase more expensive packages costing up to $35,000.
Some former Trump University managers had given testimony about its unscrupulous and exploitative business practices. One sales executive testified that the operation was “a facade, a total lie.” Another manager called it a “fraudulent scheme.”
Despite claims that Mr. Trump had handpicked instructors, he acknowledged in testimony that he had not.
And then there was:
Judge orders Trump to pay $2 million for misusing his foundation
Trump ordered to pay $2 Million after misusing his charity in ‘shocking pattern of illegality’
NOV. 7, 201903:16 By Dareh Gregorian
President Donald Trump must pay a $2 million judgment for improperly using his Trump Foundation charity to further his 2016 presidential campaign, a New York state judge ruled Thursday.
“Our petition detailed a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation — including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more,” then-Attorney General Barbara Underwood alleged in a statement late last year.
“Mr. Trump’s fiduciary duty breaches included allowing his campaign to orchestrate the Fundraiser, allowing his campaign, instead of the Foundation, to direct distribution of the Funds, and using the Fundraiser and distribution of the Funds to further Mr. Trump’s political campaign.”
The judge was referring to a Jan. 28, 2016, event Trump held in Des Moines, Iowa, that he’d billed as a fundraiser for veterans.
The settlement also included an admission from Trump that he personally misused foundation funds and called for mandatory training requirements for the now-defunct foundation’s directors — Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump
There is an odd circumstance that surrounds all things “Trump.” Whenever he accuses anyone of anything, shortly thereafter, facts will show that it was Trump himself who did what he accused the other person of doing.
Perhaps, because each time Trump commits some malfeasance, that act pressures his mind, and to relieve the pressure, he feels the need to accuse someone of that very thing, usually in a childish, schoolyard, name-calling manner.
When he calls someone “crooked,” you can be sure it’s because Trump himself just did something crooked. When he talks about a judge being bigoted, it’s because he himself has made some bigoted remarks.
And who could forget the time Hillary Clinton said Trump was a puppet for Putin, and Trump said, “No, you’re the puppet,” a childish response which, in context made no sense.
There probably is a name for that kind of psychosis. Perhaps a psychologist could tell us.
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